You crank up the stove and make a pot of split pea soup, of course!
No, I'm not crazy. Well, maybe just a bit. And yes, I know that it's the middle of a record-breaking hot and dry summer, but I've been craving split pea soup for quite some time now and I just couldn't contain my hunger any longer.
Now maybe I wouldn't have such an appetite for soup if we actually had a winter this year. Since the wood stove was barely stoked up this season, there were not as many opportunities to make stews, soups and the like. And I miss them. There's nothing better than homemade soup and fresh ott'a the oven bread for lunch. Or supper. Or breakfast even.
So I said heck with the temperature outside, cranked up the A/C and went to making split pea soup. Of course, I didn't fire up the wood stove. I'm crazy, but not insane. So I just made my soup on the stove top. It went much faster on the electric stove as I didn't really want to heat the house up any more than I had to, so instead of simmering it for half the day, I turned up the heat so it only took about two and a half hours.
Granted, I didn't get to have a Pea Soup Facial, but it was still delicious. We had it last night with ham steaks and corn bread.
And this is what I'm having for lunch this afternoon: